The spine is a crucial part of your overall health and wellness. It is made of a complex system which includes 33 individual vertebral bones stacked one on top of the other, intervertebral discs, ligaments, joints, and muscles. The spinal column protects the spinal cord from injuries. Without a healthy spine, everyday tasks and movements such as sitting up right, walking, twisting, bending over and moving your body can become extremely difficult or painful.
Parts of Spine
- Vertebrae: The spine has 33 vertebrae bones that form the spinal canal and create the natural curves of your back. The spinal canal is a tunnel that houses the spinal cord and nerves, protecting them from injury.
- Facet joints: These spinal joints have cartilage that allows vertebrae to slide against each other. Facet joints let you twist and turn, and they provide flexibility and stability.
- Intervertebral discs: These flat, round cushions sit between the vertebrae and act as the spine’s shock absorbers. They are under constant pressure.
- Spinal cord and nerves: The spinal cord is a column of nerves that travels through the spinal canal, that extends from the skull to the lower back.
- Soft tissues: Ligaments hold the spine in position. Muscles support the back and help you move. Tendons connect muscles to bone and aid movement.
- Cervical (neck): The cervical spine is made up of seven small vertebrae that begin at the base of the skull and end at the upper chest (C1 to C7). These neck vertebrae allow you to turn, tilt and nod your head.
- Thoracic (upper back): The thoracic spine is made up of 12 vertebrae that start from the upper chest to the middle back and connect to the rib cage (T1 to T12). The range of motion in the thoracic spine is limited.
- Lumbar (lower back): The lumbar vertebra consists of 5 larger vertebrae (L1 to L5). It connects to the pelvis and bears most of your body’s weight, as well as the stress of lifting and carrying items.
- Sacrum: There are 5 sacral vertebrae (S1 to S5), which are fused together forming a triangle-shaped bone that connects to the hips. The sacrum and hip bones form a ring called the pelvic girdle.
- Coccyx (tailbone): Four fused vertebrae make up this small piece of bone found at the bottom of the spine. Pelvic floor muscles and ligaments attach to the coccyx.
Spine health is one of those things that people don’t notice until it’s gone. Ayurveda believes in “Swasthya Samrakshana” (preservation of positive health in a healthy person) and here at Santhigiri, we have designed a special Spine Care Program that reduces the stiffness and spasm in low back and neck region. This package has a combination of classical Abhyangam therapy combined with the herbal compress therapies to maintain the health of your spine.
Back and neck pain are amongst the most common medical problems. It can range from a dull, constant ache to a sudden, sharp pain that makes it hard to move. When the spine is injured, you can expect to have limited mobility; and the inability to move normally, hence it’s important to care about your spine health. There could be sudden onset of pain as a result of a fall or lifting something too heavy or it could come on gradually and worsen slowly. It is also common to develop painful symptoms in the shoulders, arms, hands, buttocks, legs, and feet due spinal nerve irritation.
Despite your best intentions, preventive measures may not be enough to evade back pain. Ayurveda fortunately is very effective in treating this particular complaint with very positive results. There are specific treatment schedules for taking care of these symptoms. Treatments are prescribed after carefully considering the person’s “Prakruthi” (body constitution), root cause of the ailment, severity and other medical history.
We at Santhigiri offer 3 specific Spine Care Programs
- 3 days package
- 5 days package
- 7 days package
Specific post care measures are advised by our experienced Ayurveda Practitioners which may include Ayurvedic internal medications and diet routines to mild stretching exercises and Yoga postures.
Outcome of the Treatment
Ayurvedic treatments strive to nourish and rejuvenate the body, reduce pain, improve mobility and strengthen your spine. Our goal is to reduce pain, improve function, and prevent future suffering.
Santhigiri Holistic Health Center aims to offer comprehensive holistic health and wellness treatments and Panchakarma massage therapies to men, women, elderly, children and infants. The center has a well-equipped infrastructure with a serene and calm environment and can provide customized treatments for all medical conditions in a holistic manner.